Blurbs from the ‘Burbs is written by Arlington resident Jeff Zeeman. After a brief six year sojourn, he’s back! You can see Jeff’s previous columns here.
Ed. Note: Thanks to commenters for clarifying public transit options – “Montgomery County Ride-On Bus 301 stops at Glenstone except on early morning trips before Glenstone is open.”
Glenstone is worth the journey (roughly 30 minutes from downtown D.C.) if you want to experience Smithsonian-level art and architecture, in a spectacular natural setting, at Smithsonian prices (free). You must plan far in advance (visiting days are Thursday through Sunday, and tickets for July will be released on May 1st at 10:00 A.M. … I recommend logging on shortly thereafter), but it’s well worth it. The art collection includes recognizable works from many of the most prominent contemporary artists – Warhol, Basquiat, Rothko, Jenny Holzer, Pollack, Jasper Johns, Rauschenberg, LeWitt, Ellsworth Kelly, Duchamp, De Kooning, Oldenburg, Hirst, Kusama, Bourgeois, Calder, Haring, and on and on – but also features some really interesting pieces from relatively obscure artists. And the art collection is far from the only highlight, as the grounds, the staff, and in particular several dramatic outdoor works of art make any visit memorable and distinguishable from any other art viewing experience. (more…)
via Air & Space
From the National Air & Space Museum:
“The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum has begun the first major phase of the renovation of the building on the National Mall with the closure of nine galleries. Lane and sidewalk closures around the building on Jefferson Drive and Seventh Street began in early January and will remain in place for the next three years.
The exhibitions now closed are on the west side of the museum–“America by Air,” “Sea-Air Operations,” “Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” “Golden Age of Flight,” “World War II Aviation,” “Jet Aviation” and “Legend, Memory and the Great War in the Air.” Some of the artifacts that are off display with these closures include the Douglas DC-3, Boeing 747 nose, Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VIII and the Hughes H1 Racer. The reopening of the west-wing galleries is scheduled for 2022.
On the east wing of the museum, “Apollo to the Moon” and “Looking at Earth” closed this past December.
The scope of the project requires the installation of barriers along the exterior perimeter, resulting in sidewalk and street lane closures. The following road and sidewalk segments are now in place: (more…)
From the National Building Museum:
“July 4-September 2, 2019
The Museum is partnering with the LAB at Rockwell Group to present the 2019 Summer Block Party installation. The Lawn will be an immersive installation taking up the entirety of the Museum’s Great Hall, and offer interactive experiences for all ages. (more…)
Intentional or unintentional? That is the question. Or does it even matter at this point…
Thanks to Jess for sending:
“I think the Newseum is flying the DC flag upside down? I mean, we are in distress, but…”
Fortunately the Newseum quickly replied:
“Whoops, you’re right. We are fixing it right now.”
From an email:
“WHO: Smithsonian Associates Presents The Second City: Made in America (Some Assembly Required)
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 28
6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
WHERE: National Museum of Natural History
10th St. & Constitution Ave., N.W.
Metro: Federal Triangle
The Secondy City is coming to the Smithsonian! A certified national comedy institution since 1959, (more…)
Sen. John S. McCain III by Steve Pyke, 2005, inkjet print. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. © 2005, Steve Pyke.
From a press release:
“The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and legacy of late Senator and former presidential nominee John S. McCain III with a photograph by the British-born photographer Steve Pyke. The portrait will be installed this morning in the museum’s In Memoriam space on the first floor.
McCain, who was born in 1936, was an established politician and Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy. Before entering politics, he demonstrated great commitment to his country by enduring five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War. Following his release from prison in 1973, he later relocated to Arizona where he began a career in politics. A long-time Republican, McCain was the winner of the party’s presidential nomination in 2008. His lifetime commitment to public service is marked by his two years in the House of Representatives and his work as a six-term elected Senator of Arizona. He also served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. Despite his battle with brain cancer, McCain served in the Senate until his death. He is survived by his wife and seven children. (more…)
444 E Street NW rendering courtesy National Law Enforcement Museum
From a press release:
“The National Law Enforcement Museum at the Motorola Solutions Foundation Building — the nation’s only museum dedicated to exploring nearly every facet of American law enforcement — today highlighted details of some of its exciting, interactive exhibits that will allow visitors to “walk-in-the-shoes” of law enforcement when it opens to the public on Saturday, October 13, 2018 with its Community Day celebration.
The story of American law enforcement is about to be told like never before with entertaining and educational exhibits such as: (more…)
Image by Jeff Jetton and Cale Charney
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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is located at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW. Tickets available here. Other good options include the Mexican Cultural Institute (currently closed on weekends for the rest of August but worth a visit when you can!), the MLK Memorial, the African American History Museum or wherever your heart takes you.
Photo by PoPville flickr user Ted Eytan
13th and K Street, NW
From the Mayor’s Office:
“Mayor Bowser celebrated the start of a renovation that will transform the historic Franklin School into Planet Word – a museum dedicated to the power and fun of words and language. The Mayor was joined by Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and Planet Word Founder and CEO Ann Friedman. (more…)
811 Florida Ave, NW
So to be honest, I was surprised how viral the post about The Phillips Collection being free for those under this 30 summer was – so you like art? I like art too – so let’s talk art!! Where are your favorite spots to soak some in? I noticed this new Gallery was coming to Florida Ave – so I’d be interested to know, in addition to favorite museums, are there any galleries you like to check out from time to time too?
galeria love coming soon
looking east on Florida Ave